MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Faulkner University has named the new dean of the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Matt A. Vega. This announcement came after a national search and the retirement of Charles I. Nelson, who retired after 10 years of service to the school.
Vega joined the faculty of Faulkner's Jones School of Law in 2007, and is a graduate of the Yale Law School where he earned his J.D. degree in 1993. While there he served as the executive editor of the Yale Journal of Regulation and as a member of the Yale Moot Court Board. He earned his B.A. degree from Freed-Hardeman University in 1990.
"Matt Vega has a great vision for the future of Jones Law School and will work collaboratively with the faculty there to develop and implement a strategic plan for continued growth and success," said Faulkner University's president, Billy D. Hilyer. "Matt is a proven and experienced attorney, and an accomplished legal scholar and teacher. I have no doubt that the law school will continue to excel in preparing its graduates to contribute to the legal profession under his leadership."
Hilyer also expressed gratitude to Nelson for his outstanding contributions to Jones School of Law.
"The law school has accomplished so much during Nelson's tenure and we want to thank him for his service," Hilyer said. "Dean Nelson led the way to ABA accreditation, the expansion of the law school's facilities, attracting a highly qualified and diverse faculty and staff, consistently high bar passage rates, development of a nationally recognized and award-winning advocacy program, and development of service-oriented clinical opportunities for Faulkner's students."
Vega will focus his attention to building relationships outside of the school and developing curriculum that is innovative and prepares students for the complex and competitive environments.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve Faulkner Law as its dean and I look forward to working with my colleagues as we continue to provide the highest-quality legal education," Vega said.